Speeding up treatment
WRITTEN BY DEBBY WALDMAN
PHOTOGRAPHED BY PAPER DEER PHOTOGRAPHY
Red Deer mom Shelley Castor was
having a stressful day. The family cars
were in the repair shop, she had errands
to run and the ATM in the bank lobby
She had just reached the teller when
“something ticked on the right side of
my brain and I felt light-headed,”
She looked down. Her left hand was
curving even though she wasn’t moving
it. She felt her left cheek droop. Her voice
didn’t sound right. Castor, 49, recognized
what was happening.
“I am having a stroke,” she told the
teller. “You need to call my husband.”
Castor gave her the number and
stood aside while the teller called.
Shelley Castor, middle, with her husband and daughter, received life-saving emergency stroke care in less than 30 minutes from Alberta’s Stroke Program.